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Rhode Island hosts 3 events with sustainability theme

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radiomacgyver:
Taken from projo.com on 9/19:

While there are many definitions of the term “sustainability,” in general the concept means living today in a manner that doesn’t deplete resources for future generations.

Three events coming up soon in Rhode Island focus on that concept. They are:

• The Rhode Island Sustainable Schools Summit, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the University of Rhode Island’s Shepard Building in Providence.

• Providence’s first Sustainability Festival will be offered all day Saturday, Sept. 26, in downtown Providence.

• The annual Green Buildings Open House sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at 600 buildings in the Northeast, including as least five in Rhode Island.

The summit targets school board members, building managers, administrators, teachers, parents and students. It is hosted by the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living with sponsorships from National Grid, the state Department of Education and the University of Rhode Island.

There will be presentations on air quality, green cleaning, food, environmental literacy and a green curriculum. In the afternoon, there will be a tour of the Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence, which was rebuilt recently with many green features.

For more information, go to www.apeiron.org/new/education/sustainable_schools_summit_reg_09.php.

The Sustainability Festival the following Saturday is targeted for businesses and families. It will offer workshops, vendors and entertainment throughout downtown Providence.

It too is sponsored by Apeiron and has the support of the City of Providence.

“We have put together a festival that is very family friendly, providing the tools individuals and families need to help preserve our environment, and do so in a way that is economical,” Brad Hyson, Apeiron’s executive editor, said in a statement. “Additionally, we have a whole series of workshops geared toward businesses. Our programs will help them understand how the business community can contribute to the green environment, benefit from the green economy and have access to a well-qualified work force that has been specifically trained to work and thrive in a green environment.

Music will include blues, Latin pop, Caribbean, Venezuelan and Cambodian artists.

There will be exhibits of alternative-energy vehicles, yoga, a healing tent and a farmers’ market.

There will be walking and bicycling tours of the city, and an appearance by Miss Earth United States 2009, tours of green buildings and workshops on how people can save money and energy in their homes.

The Green Buildings Open House on Oct. 3 is free of charge at most sites. It provides an opportunity for people to visit “green” houses and offices and learn how the owners saved energy or even generate surplus energy.

The sites in Rhode Island include two houses, the Apeiron Institute in Coventry, and two offices in Providence.

Sponsors of the tours include the Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid, NSTAR, the Cape Cod Compact, Alteris Renewables, Efficiency Maine, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Last year thousands of people toured buildings that made use of passive solar heat, solar hot water collection and storage, radiant floor heating, photovoltaics, energy-saving appliances, super-insulation, water saving fixtures and sustainable and healthy building materials.

For more information go to www.nesea.org/buildings/openhouse.

To learn more about state and federal tax credits, grants and rebates, go to www.dsireusa.org.

plord@projo.com

radiomacgyver:
Providence Sustainability Festival 9/26/09

http://www.apeiron.org/slf2009/index2.html

TimJ:
I've been to the Aperion House in Coventry, I wasn't over whelmed. I have friends with better setups.

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